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Data Scientist-Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs-Athens, OH

The George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University is seeking an enthusiastic and flexible Data Scientist who will assist a multidisciplinary team of faculty, professional staff, and students with applied research, data analysis, project management, oral presentations, report/grant writing, and related tasks in the areas of energy policy and economic development. This position will contribute to and support applied and original economic research in line with the Voinovich school’s mission of providing research-based solutions to challenges existing in communities, the economy, and the environment with a particular focus on Appalachian Ohio.

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Transit Planner – Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association

The Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (OMEGA) has an immediate opening for a Transit Planner to implement and manage OMEGA’s Coordinated Human Services Transportation Pilot Program. A Bachelor’s Degree in city/regional planning or related field and a minimum of three years of relevant experience is required. A Master’s Degree or Program Management experience may substitute for the three-year experience requirement.  AICP certification is preferred, but not required. 

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Ohio Ports Eligible for $23 Million in Development Funding

A new program  — the Ohio Maritime Assistance Program program — is providing funding to ports along the Ohio River and Lake Erie or businesses within ports.

The Program began accepting applications from ports in late January and will continue through March 27. The program is making available $11 million through June 30 and an additional $12 million for the 12 months ending June 30, 2021.

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Large TIFs may be eligible for one-time extension opportunity

During fall 2019, the General Assembly changed Ohio law governing tax increment financing (“TIF”) exemptions in a big way.  For certain TIF projects, local communities can extend the exemptions – and therefore continue to redirect property tax millage to necessary public infrastructure improvements – up to 30 additional years. 

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Funding for SBA Supports Growth as We Enter A New Roaring Twenties Economic Era

President Trump’s commitment to improving the economy and the engine that drives it – small businesses – has been undeterred. And, when he approved the federal government’s fiscal year budget in late December, he secured the future of America’s small businesses and our nation’s ability to recover after disasters with funding for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Tracked House Bills – January 2020

Legislature Resumes End of January: The House and Senate have resumed Committee activity and will resume full Statehouse activity at the end of January. Priorities are likely to include:

• Capital Appropriations Bill: The bill will provide capital appropriations for FY 2021-2022 to fund maintenance and improvements to Ohio’s physical buildings and properties. Often, additional funding is available for community projects, and House Speaker Larry Householder has indicated that about $150 million will be available this budget cycle. The Legislature set a January 10 deadline for submissions for projects, and the bill should be passed by April 1.

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Tracked Senate Bills – December 2019

State News:

Report of Regional Study Committee: The Regional Economic Development Alliance Study Committee issued a report December 12 containing recommendations to the Administration and General Assembly regarding economic development programs in Ohio. The report can be found at:
http://gongwer-oh.com/public/133/reda2.pdf

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Tracked House Bills – December 2019

State News: 

House Breaks for Year: The House held its last legislative session December 12 before breaking for the year.  Among other bills passed by the House on its last day, HB 2 (the TechCred Program) was passed with the House approving the Conference Committee’s recommendations to resolve differences between the House and Senate.  The House also unanimously approved HB 264 which will help local governments refinance loans for water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

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Tracked Senate Bills – November 2019

SB 1 REGULATIONS  (McColley, R., Roegner, K.)  This bill would require each state agency to reduce the regulatory restrictions contained in its rules by 30% by 2022, according to a schedule and criteria set forth in the bill.  It also prohibits an agency from adopting new regulatory restrictions that would increase the percentage of restrictions in the agency’s rules and requires an agency that does not achieve a reduction in regulatory restrictions according to the required schedule to eliminate two restrictions before enacting a new rule containing a restriction.  It allows the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) to lessen an agency’s required reduction in regulatory restrictions if the agency fails to meet a reduction goal and show cause why the agency’s required reduction should be lessened.  Effective January 1, 2023, it limits the total number of regulatory restrictions that may be in effect in Ohio. The bill passed in the Senate May 8 and has been referred to the House State and Local Government Committee, where a first hearing occurred June 12.

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Tracked House Bills – November 2019

HB 2 CREDENTIAL PROGRAMS (Cross, J., Lepore-Hagen, M.)  This legislation introduced May 13 would provide $35 million in state funding in FY 2020 and FY 2021 for its programs, with funding allocated as follows:

– TechCred Program — $12.3 million a year to reimburse employers and individuals for training to receive a micro-credential, at the rate of $500-$2000 per credential;
– Industry Sector Partnerships Program — $2.5 million a year to support regional partnerships across the state, including a grant program to develop the partnerships and promote their mission.

The Bill was assigned to the House Economic & Workforce Development where several hearings occurred.  An amendment was submitted June 5 that moved the TechCred application and due date to better align with education standards, better defined regional sector partnerships, removed audit authority from the bill, included race and gender demographic information gathering requirements, and barred employers with recent minimum wage violations.   The revised bill passed in the House June 12 and was referred to the Senate Finance Committee, where it was reported out of the Committee November 5 with the following amendments:

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Events

2020 Ohio Basic Economic Development Course

Save the date for the 2018 Ohio Basic Economic Development Course! The four-day course will be held April 10-13, 2018 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest, 5605 Blazer Parkway, Dublin, OH 43017. The Ohio Basic Course is an intensive training experience for economic development practitioners, community leaders, local government officials and others committed to building healthy economies for their communities.